Garage sales, moving sales, rummage sales, moving sales…whatever you want to call them, they’re everywhere during moving season. Moving is the PERFECT time to have a yard sale. You’re stuff is already pulled out and the less you pack, the less you have to UNPACK. Plus, who couldn’t use so extra cash during a move. So consider having a sale of your own.
Having been dragged to countless yard sales and flea markets since infancy, I’ve picked up a trick or two along the way. So if you’re moving, or just wanting to get rid of extra stuff, here’s a few tips:
1. Spread the word: Back in the day my mom and I had one method of advertising: poster boards with black markers giving the when, what and where. Now there are MANY ways to get the word out about your sale. I still say signs in your neighborhood are the best, but many neighborhoods are picky about such things now. You can advertise on your Facebook page, on Craigslist, or in your local newspaper. If you plan far enough in advance you can try to advertise in neighborhood newsletters or school bulletins.
2. Start Early: The die hard bargain hunters looking to buy stuff come early. I’m talking around 5:30 or 6 am. If you’re not starting until 8, you’ve missed a giant chunk of your market. Also, don’t just start putting stuff out at 6, you should be open for business with everything out and ready to be looked at by 6. The early birds often come with a route and a schedule and won’t want to wait for you to pull stuff out.
3. Have prices on stuff: People are more likely to buy things if you have REASONABLE prices already posted on things. If you get busy, you won’t have time to answer everybody’s “how much will you take for this.” Use pieces of masking tape and a marker
and put labels on stuff. Or, to save time, have signs saying “everything on this table $1” or “all kids clothes 2 for $1 unless otherwise marked.”
*Notice how I put reasonable in bold? It’s true and this is HARD for me. Nobody but me cares that I spent $120 on that prom dress and only wore it once. They’re not paying more than $10–tops. So be ready to take a hit on some stuff. Getting some money is better than nothing.
4. Be ready to haggle: You better believe that people will want to get a deal with you and argue over a few dollars. Have a rock bottom price on big items and be ready to negotiate with other stuff. If things are “priced to go” be ready to take less than what you want on stuff.
I’m sure my mom would add about a hundred other things to this list, but this is a good start. Make your move easier by selling things your don’t need anymore. If you don’t LOVE something or use it regularly, LEAVE it be and get rid of it. Moving means a fresh start so why not leave your old junk behind and make some money while your at it?
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